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As expected, Pittsburgh Penguins fire Dan Bylsma

Dan Bylsma Penguins coach 2011 (photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)

Dan Bylsma is a good NHL coach. He’s a Stanley Cup winning coach with 252 career wins.

But in the end, those facts did not allow him to keep his job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It was rumored by several members of the Pittsburgh media during the recent playoff series with the Columbus Blue Jackets that Bylsma could or would lose his job. Management did not like the fact that the Blue Jackets caused all kind of havoc to make the Penguins scuffle to win the series in six games. The the loss to the Rangers in the next series after having a commanding lead left a bad taste in the mouth.

The 252 games won with the Penguins is a franchise record.

But the fact that he could not win another Stanley Cup with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, James Neal and Brooks Orpik was unacceptable to management.

Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Pittsburgh lost series to lower-seeded teams and ended up with 4-5 playoff series record.

The past few months have been difficult for the 43-year-old Bylsma. He coached Team USA in the Sochi Olympics back in February would could not win a medal.

NHL PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference (Friday results)

compiled from staff and wire reports

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 2  OTTAWA SENATORS 1

Sidney Crosby scored a goal, prevented one and his stickhandling abilities led to Kris Letang’s winner late in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded to beat Ottawa Senators 2-1 to even the Eastern Conference first-round series at a game apiece. The game was played in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby (nhl)

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fluery turned aside 19 shots after the lone Ottawa goal.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS 5  PHILADELPHIA FLYERS 3

Dainius Zubrus scored on a rebound with 4:04 to play and New Jersey beat Philadelphia in Newark, New Jersey to tie the Eastern Conference series at a game apiece.

Dainius Zubrus (nhl)

Zach Parise, Colin White, Andy Greene and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots to help New Jersey avoid losing the first two games at home in the best-of-7 series.